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Gottwood announces line-up

Over the years the festival’s grown and grown, but this year’s initial line-up is looking stronger than ever.

Ranging from the more avant-garde bookings of Extrawelt, Matthew Johnson and Tel Aviv newcomers Red Axes, to exciting live sets from Harvey Sutherland, Ross From Friends and Ishmael Ensemble, the team sheet this year is world class. Gottwood regulars Move D, Wolf Music and Craig Richards will also be returning, as well as a momentous b2b between Erol Alkan and Leon Vynehall.

Bradley Zero, Young Marco and the Black Madonna are just a few of the other highlights of this stomping line-up.

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Do the right thing and grab one of the few remaining tickets here.

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Ben Gomori – Human Drizzle: The Mixtape, September 2015

What a Friday treat we have for you here.

In advance of his set at next week’s Human Drizzle Presents – alongside NVOY and a VVVVIP special guest announced on Monday – your boy Ben Gomori has given us an exclusive recording of his Temple Islands set from Bestival this year. Nothing but big things.

As you’d expect, it’s packed with disco and house hits, the Erol Alkan mix of Connan Mockasin into Caribou’s Our Love was a highlight for us. Big finish too.

Track info is here and you’ll see an exclusive future Monologues Records (Ben G’s label) release peeking through the list – this comes complete with a video of its first ever road test.

We CANNOT wait to see Benz in action next week. You’d be a fool to miss it. Get an advance ticket now for the eminently reasonable £8.

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Field Maneuvers 2015

We appreciate the festival season is well and truly rolling, but trust us when we say, the best is yet to come. Returning for it’s third year to a riverside location just sixty minutes outside of London town, FM 2015 is taking place on 4th September and is set to be its best yet.
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With the capacity being capped at just 500, tickets are due to sell out very soon. What this does mean is the vibe is a friendly and intimate one, not to mention the killer line-up that’ll keep you moving all weekend.

With the recent addition of Daniel Avery, Jon Rust and Shanti Celeste, the line-up’s looking jam-packed with cult favourites. Highlights also include Marcellus Pitman, MJ Cole, Nick Hoppner, Auntie Flo, Mark E and Optimo. The list goes on. With promoters such as ReviveHER, Make Me and Neighbourhood also on board you know you’re in for a party.

Sort your end-of-summer plans out fast, this one will be worth it.

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Hunee – Hunch Music

It’s not often you get a debut album of this quality.

‘Hunch Music’ is the inaugural album from Korean Berliner Hunee and it’s a real journey. Going from the ethereal to the bassy and back again in 11 short tracks, it’s an LP that reflects his record store roots and eclectic tastes. Listening to it you can see why his superb b2b with Floating Points at Worldwide Festival, which we were honoured to be there for, worked so perfectly. Both selectors of the highest order.

Pick of the bunch for us is ‘Crossroads’. Give the album a listen and let us know what yours is. Out on Rush Hour Music now.

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OFF Sonar Barcelona

HD returned a little bleary-eyed yesterday from the 2015 edition of OFF Sonar, a week of parties put on in stunning locations around Barcelona.

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Once a year, the Catalan city plays host to Sonar and its partner festival OFF Sonar, producing line-ups that rival Ibiza opening week in venues ranging from hillside monasteries to hidden beach coves. We know you’re busy, so here’s our best effort at summing up the madness in your 5 minute coffee-break.

First up was Poble Espanyol, the 1920s museum in hillside of Mt. Montjuic, for the showcase of Mano le Tough and The Drifter’s label, Maeve. Despite a lineup that boasted Innervisions‘ head honcho Ame and the emerging talent of Aera, it was Mano himself that stole the show with a sunset session that will stay long in the memory. Here’s a taster:

Next up was Resident Advisor’s night at el Monasterio, another stunning hilltop spot on the outskirts of Barcelona. With a varied lineup that featured Pearson Sound, Felicita and Andy Stott, the music flew across genres, sometimes giving the night an uneven feel. That was until the much-anticipated duo of Gerd Janson & Jackmaster took to the decks for a disco masterclass, playing tunes like THIS:

Saturday night meant a trip to the beach to enjoy the delights of Solomun’s Diynamic Records, specifically David August’s ambient live set followed by Adriatique. The Swiss Duo unsurprisingly played a lot of their productions, including this beauty

Sunday brought around the crux of the trip, the Social Music City night at Plaza Major, an old town square inside Poble Espanyol. The lineup boasted wall-to-wall giants including DJ Koze, Maceo Plex and Tale of Us. DJ Koze, given the difficult earlier set, appeared to single-handedly bring the sun down with this one

Facing down the festival equivalent of Day 23 of the Tour de France, we summoned the last of our energies for the evening session. Feeding off a crowd on their last night of a draining week, Maceo Plex laid down a closing set piled high with emotional melodies. Imagine a full orchestral breakdown followed by this and you’ll pretty much get the picture.

Despite all this, we barely scratched the surface of the events on offer. We missed an all-nighter curated by Tim Sweeney, a Villalobos pool party, Nina Kraviz in an aircraft hanger and countless others. Where we did make it though, the venues were surreal, the crowds were friendly and the tunes were always spot on. See you there next year.

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Found Festival – Saturday 13th June, Brockwell Park

Just a few days now until Found Festival hits Brockwell Park in South London. More than 80% of all tickets are now sold out, so you best get to it if you’re keen to join the fun this Saturday.

Brixton’s in for a shock, there’s a killer line-up of DJs spanning across all 5 stages. Here’s a few of our favourites that are getting us in the mood:

Motor City Drum Ensemble:

The idea of listening to the kind of soulful, disco-influenced sets MCDE likes to throw down on a Saturday afternoon in a park is a really exciting one. Make sure you’re at the main stage between 3 & 4 pm.

Guy Gerber:

The genius from Tel Aviv that is Guy Gerber is heading up the main stage from 7.30pm and taking the festival to it’s close 90 minutes later. Need we say more.

KiNK:

The prolific DJ and producer is playing a live set from 4.30pm on George FitzGerald’s specially-curated stage. If it’s even half as good as this Boiler Room set we’re in for a treat.

The Black Madonna:

The DJ, producer and chief booker at Chicago’s Smart Bar will be flying over the pond to play the ‘Feelings’ stage at half 2 in the afternoon. Alongside other HD faves Francis Inferno Orchestra and Ron Trent, she’ll be playing an undoubtedly eclectic 90-minute set. Check out the lively set she did for Beats In Space for a taster:

Dekmantel Soundsytem:

The busy label and promoters from Amsterdam consisting of Casper Tielrooij, Jan van Kampen and Thomas Martojo will be bringing their fine selections to George FitzGerald’s stage from midday. It’s early but it’ll be worth it.

They also run Dekmantel Festival which takes place in Amsterdam in August and is featured in our festival feature we posted t’other day. Check it out.

 

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Found Festival – Brockwell Park 13th June

Just over two weeks now until Found Festival presents five carefully curated electronic stages of electronic music at its new home of Brockwell Park in South London’s Brixton. Block out Saturday 13th June in the diary if you’ve not already.

The line-up is now complete and with the likes of George FitzGerald, Nick Curly and party promoters Feelings hosting stages, it’s looking very tasty indeed. Not to mention big hitters Guy Gerber, Motor City Drum Ensemble and Genius Of Time on the main stage. Here’s how the full line-up is looking:

Tickets can be bought here. There’s only a limited number of £35 tickets left before they move on up in price, so you best get to it.

Delve into Motor City Drum Ensemble’s Boiler Room to get you in the mood:

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Found Festival 2015

Saturday 13th June – a date for the diary. Found Festival returns in the new environs of Brockwell Park in Brixton. Same top line-up, different grassy patch to dance on.

Your boy George Fitzgerald heads up a stage this year and, propped up by big boys like Barnt and KiNK, we’re sure he’ll bring the house down. His recently released album would appear to confirm that:

To be honest, the KiNK live show is worth the entrance fee alone (this is almost too good to watch/listen to at work):

The pick of the other stages is NTS’s effort, a showcase of their deep bench of DJs. Bossman Mr Wonderful and globetrotter Bradley Zero will undoubtedly on the money.

Basically, see you there. The perfect pick-me-up as memories of this begin to fade…

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Roosevelt – Night Moves

Summer is coming and so begins our annual binge on Roosevelt’s sunny vibes. The man from Cologne has gifted us with a new tune jammed with his usual balearic drums, slinky synths and his very own airy vocals. It makes for a sultry listen:

Marius Lauber himself described ‘Night Moves’ as being based on ‘that moment of the night where all kinds of lost souls realise they’re in a boat together’.  Have a listen and get in the boat, all the best people are there.

P.S. If you fancy having a little dance to this one live, then get yourself to Lincolnshire’s Lost Village festival on May 23rd-24th, looks set to be a cracker.

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Farmfest 2014

farmfestWe’re lucky enough to be heading south-west this weekend for Farmfest, an independent little festival in its ninth year that takes place in Somerset’s Bruton.

The two-day event sounds like a charming affair. Situated in the glorious surroundings of Gilcombe Farm, it’s clearly a festival that believes in providing an experience. Sure, the bookers have provided a genre-defying selection of emerging talent you can shuffle your feet to, but it don’t stop there. They’ve organised a range of activities besides this and they’ve provided a load of local produce you can get your teeth into. Not only is it cheap-as-chips, all profits are being donated to a handful of Somerset charities.

Both bands and DJs alike, there’s enough to fill the weekend with a belter of a line-up.

On the pop side, we’ll be looking out for the likes of Alpines, Beaty Heart and Phoria. Not to mention Rebecca Clements whose debut single Wildlife has already gained her Radio 1 exposure. Alongside Emily & The Woods and Public Service Broadcasting, there’s a tasty line up to get the evenings moving swiftly:

There’s a lot in store electronically to take things further deeper too. Fabric regular and We Love Space Ibiza resident Ralph Lawson will be stepping on the ones and twos, alongside DJ Food, Leo Zero and the African-American-inspired Romare. Check out the latter’s Boiler Room mix here, or this cheeky summer mix he did last year:

Besides Channel One Soundsytem, one of the world’s biggest dub-reggae collectives famous for their ace sets at Notting Hill Carnival (sign that petition, folks), HD will be seeking out the Flux-affiliated Aartekt and Jacques Adda – we saw the latter at One Day and he knows his way around a tune.

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All in all there’s a lot of fun to be had. You can find further details about it all here and with tickets at just over fifty smackers, you’d be foolish not to get involved.

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